A recent blog post about a rebuilt ghost town in Spain turned out to be quite popular. This got me thinking about the practicality of living in ghost towns. If you don’t mind fresh air, no traffic jams, lack of noise and nosey neighbors then you might like it just fine. I suspect land prices would be very low in many cases. Heck, you might even get elected mayor or something. I’ve seen a number of these places with one or more stores that eek out a living catering to tourists, hunters and locals. A few blossom into art communities and retirement locations. One key benefit is you don’t necessarily have to start from scratch. It may be easier to rebuild an existing structure in decent condition (although many times it’s not). Oftentimes there are old building materials available that can be recycled for free. And, you might be attracted to the old time look of the buildings. So many new buildings nowadays lack any sense of history or character, making some of these old ghost towns look even more appealing.
From Wiki: “A ghost town is an abandoned village, town or city, usually one which contains substantial visible remains. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, war, or nuclear disasters.
Some ghost towns, especially those that preserve period-specific architecture, have become tourist attractions. A few ghost towns get a second life, often due to heritage tourism’s generating an economy able to support residents. Walhalla, Victoria, Australia, for example, was a town deserted after its gold mine ceased operation. Owing to its accessibility and proximity to other attractive locations, Walhalla has had a recent economic and population surge.”